Our vehicle's timing belt is a critical component that guarantees perfect synchronization between the crankshaft and camshaft. A broken timing belt can cause severe damage to the other engine parts. Avoid repairs that cost you thousands of dollars by changing the timing belt when you reach the recommended mileage milestone.
Let us find out what a timing belt is before exploring what happens when it breaks. Manufacturers use rubber to make a timing belt. They cut ridges into the continuous rubber loop for the belt to fit into the camshaft teeth. The camshaft rotates to control the crankshaft and valve in your car engine. The timing belt rotates the camshaft to control the valves and crankshaft connected to the car engine's pistons. A timing belt that works appropriately keeps the camshaft and crankshaft in synch.
Why Does the Timing Belt Matter?
Timing is essential for the pistons' up-and-down movement. Timing remains important in preventing a collision between the piston and valves. You will likely have a massive internal engine collision if the timing of the thousand revolutions per minute is slightly off.
What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?
If a timing belt breaks, it can damage your engine beyond repair. You will likely hear a loud noise before the engine stops. The engine valves in a car with an interference engine will remain open once the camshaft stops. A vehicle with a heavier crankshaft will continue to rotate, leading to the following engine damages
- Destroyed Cylinder head or block
- Broken or bent valves
- Damaged pistons.
The damages will be less severe in a non-interference engine. Regardless, your car's engine will stall, leaving you stranded if you were driving.
Hire an Expert to Replace Your Vehicle's Timing Belt
Generally, no one wants an engine replacement or a major engine rebuild. Following your manufacturer's recommendation, you can avoid disastrous engine failure or inconveniences. Check your owner's manual for the estimated mileage to replace your timing belt.
If you need timing belt replacement by an experienced expert, visit Stang Auto Tech or bring your vehicle for repair today!